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the surveillance. leaks leading telecom companies secretly british spy agency president to access to traffic. additional e-mails on the. debate over mass surveillance is swept under the rug along with counter snooping initiatives despite most people's apparent disapproval of it all. u.s. citizens away from the middle east due to an unspecified terror threat we look at the butterfly effect of washington support the rebellion in syria.
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a very good morning to you from all of us here live on a sunny saturday here in moscow. with your top world headlines a fresh surveillance scandal is unveiling in the u.k. it's been revealed that major telecom companies are secretly collaborating with the british intelligence agency giving it unlimited access to the private communications of millions of customers in fact documents naming the rise in business of vodafone cable and bt among the companies aiding g c h q to intercept much of the world's online telephone traffic all of this being leaked by edward snowden the whistle blow up comes hot on the heels of previous revelations showing the agency was generously financed by the n.s.a. now this report from london. these are three big companies and the four
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smaller companies really making up a large part of the high capacity undersea fiber optic cables that really make up the backbone of the internet's architecture now these fiber optic cables carry vast amounts of data for millions of users who back in june the guardian newspaper had revealed details of t.c.h. call data hoovering programs not this was where he said it's alleged were able to tap into these five or optic cables and installed bars amounts of data for up to thirty days now this was named operation temper and a german newspaper has just published what it's alleged is the most sensitive aspect of this operation and that is the name of the commercial companies that were passing along this information that telecommunications providers can be compelled to cooperate with requests from governments under the nine hundred eighty four telecommunications act but what privacy advocates are really concerned with here is
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that these big companies haven't been giving enough of a challenge to requests for this large scale surveillance of the company and have yet to respond to these specific allegations but the german newspaper saying that the details that they've gone through in this is from the big chunk of information leaked by whistleblower edward snowden prior to see his gaining asylum in russia and the germany status of this really shows now that telecoms firms were far more complicit in u.s. u.k. spying activities than have previously been thought a hundred million pounds were provided by washington t g c h q over a period of three years now they were payments that were made to secure access to the british in british intelligence gathering programs and returned it was alleged to t.c. that he was required to quote pull its weight so you can see that really a lot. of questions that can be raised again about that complicity between the u.s.
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and u.k. intelligence gathering and i think the levels that that has been going to of course you've got this large amount of information that was leaked by edward snowden that's being came seeing now it has all these details coming to light it sort of seems to push it further every time is it more like the shed on the relationship between the two countries and here at r.t. we spoke to a former m i five officer i mean marshawn she says despite the fact that close cooperation between the u.s. and u.k. intelligence is nothing new the latest revelations show it in a whole new dimension one thing that people tend to forget is there is an old program of mutual assistance which was called echelon which was exposed in the one nine hundred eighty s. and then fed into the european parliament in the one nine hundred ninety s. which led to a report that said that europe should develop its own standalone internet infrastructure not depend on the u.s. infrastructure of course this came out just before nine eleven and was lost in the
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sort of security panic that happened afterwards so this is a resistance to be going on for decades let's have no doubt about that and it's also been a very good way for the n.s.a. and q. to circumvent domestic laws and domestic warrant to acquirements so they can spy on each other and then feed each other thing the information they need back without having to go through the courts so it's always been quite corrupt relationship however i think these revelations that came out in the guardian take it to a whole new level we are now looking at g t h q it's actually prostituting itself to the n.s.a. they are saying we can get around some of your laws we can help you we will go to the nth degree to help you give us your money and while the backlash from snowden's latest leaks is expected in the u.k. in the u.s. the government is diverting public attention from the much criticized practices in explanation now artie's garniture can follow the story from washington. while edward snowden as the messenger remains the focus of everybody's attention the u.s.
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government is trying to kill his message or at least contain it senior intelligence officials have testified in congress so boring everything is done in accordance with the law congress has already killed the bill that would make the n.s.a. walk back some of its powers so as of now no concrete steps have been taken to rein in n.s.a. surveillance but call for reform keep coming lawmakers are putting forward new initiatives earlier this week the president met with members of congress specifically to discuss. this general of course attacking snowden is much easier for the white house defending this surveillance state and here's what president obama said about that just in the wake of snowden's revelations and if people can't trust not only the executive branch but also don't trust congress and don't trust. federal judges to make sure that we're biding by the constitution due process and rule of law then we're going to have some problems on that trust issue
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a gallup poll shows fifty three percent of americans now disapprove of the government surveillance programs thirty seven percent approve and now the poll by the quinnipiac university conducted just in the wake of snowden's revelations shows forty five percent of americans say the government's anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far restricting civil liberties three years ago that percentage was twenty five so it's a massive shift in attitudes bomb makers certainly have to respond to their constituents concerns and we hear many of them say something has to change something has to be done but is longer snowden's own destiny remains the top story it will be much easier for the government to sweep the debate under the rug in washington i'm going to. hug from the reporters without borders a few things that washington is tough stance on edward snowden is a truly dissuading any potential whistleblowers from coming forward in the future.
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i just would like to remind you they're the last fare of war of war against we saw glowers scenes. twice abducted in one thousand nine hundred seventeen. prosecution have been launched against we saw glowers event and there at the obama administration it's clear that the obama administration hopes that this war will discourage any potential we saw glow or two. to reveal any information that you also have to understand that here and us any information related to national security is considered a secret is considered classified so everything is classified so it's really easy to become a creamy know in the eyes of the obama administration if you're revealing any information which are related to national security well that would snowden's plight has turned him into a virtual star
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a new smartphone application called snowden run three d. it was a digital version of the whistleblower in a never ending chase from what looks like a c. agent in the process so the man on the run is collecting u.s.b. sticks and laptops containing sensitive information players can also resort to a coal uncle puton option to get his help in the form of a hydrogen bomb there's also a restart button which allows players to try again if the character gets caught up perhaps something the game designers actually believe could happen to the real life edward snowden. thanks for joining us here on r.t. today washington's issued a travel alert for u.s. citizens visiting the middle east and north africa due to an unspecified terror threat by al qaeda though with a specified time table it's just
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a day after it announced it's about to temporarily close twenty one of its embassies in the region this weekend with the u.k. and germany closing their missions in yemen the menace comes from the very same groups fighting on the side of the rebels in syria of course being backed by the west author and historian gerald horne he says he finds it rather ironic i think what do alert basically reflects is the fact that the united states' policy in that part of the world has backfired for example in syria united states has basically encouraged if not supported a war against the damascus based regime of all saw this is involved a number of u.s. nationals and european nationals going into syria to fight with the so-called jihad this is given to shot me armed to kind of back force this is so just the old and syrian which is tied to al qaeda and iraq which in the last smoke has been engaged in a spate of car bombings in baghdad in the surrounding region so it seems to me the
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state department of law basically reflects a failure of u.s. policy. now the backlash from the insurgent groups linked to al qaeda has also affected similar communities in the region around two hundred kurdish civilians taken hostage in syria this following classes with as you had tests it will happen shortly after one of the code leaders was assassinated of the story now to watch these that we're not going to come. considering the complexity of syria you have to understand that there are dozens of groups of people who are divided by either faith or nationality or ethnicity all of them are also involved in this bitter battle which has been going on in the country for the last couple of years kurds are among the biggest ethnic groups that kurds are actually the largest nation in the world that does not have a state the dream of statehood is something that kurds have entertained for hundreds of years they are originating in iraq turkey and in syria now increasingly
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kurds in syria are coming under extreme pressure from the radical groups which have permeated syria and are affiliated with al qaida recently severe clashes have broken out in several villages on the border between syria and turkey primarily in the northern all the province several hundred kurds have been taken hostage by fighters of all loser front and they are also helping videos posted on the internet which claim to be pictures of kurds who have come under attack from the from the extremists truly horrific pictures now the kurdish militia has called them kurds in the region to unite in their struggle against the radical islamists or to lead it with al qaida forces are also dreaming of their own state and it's not other than syria that there are plenty to initiate their state out in fact they're saying they're going to get right to it immediately after ramadan ends and that is just in a week's time so the situation in that region is in creative incredibly harsh and
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literally boiling at this point as we're having a very having again hundreds of people of ducted from their homes. we're also hearing about people being killed just for the simple reason that they're kurds and it really doesn't seem like anybody is especially paying attention primarily the western media there is very little information on the subject if you try to look for it. i know with the terror threat on the rise in the middle east across the atlantic domestic borders are being tightened too but it's not winning everybody's praise as one of the topics in the spotlight today of breaking the set with abby martin here's a quick preview for you. while we focus on the threat of terrorism abroad seems like things are missed here at home exactly what my next guest has experienced first hand as she worked as a customs and border protection officer on the border of mexico we had very specific alerts that on fourth of july two thousand and four members of al qaeda were planning to cross the borders into the united states using our land borders
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was mexico and on that date i saw that twenty three people from terrorist countries where allowed to enter the united states and none of the proper checks were done they were not enrolled in any databases no one bothered to take their fingerprints they were pretty much just flashed across and no one knew about it when i brought it up to the port director who told me to take it to intel law and behold on this date of special importance everyone in intel was given the day off their door was closed and i reported this to the f.b.i.'s joint terrorism task force and myself became the enemy of the state for embarrassing homeland security and so instead of investigating that which they closed was no action and no investigation they opened fifty four investigations against me and they sent a black hawk helicopter to raid my home they had my husband and i twice maliciously prosecuted and imprisoned and we had to fight back to clear our name. never seen anything like that.
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it was good to have you with us on this saturday here on out so you still to come for you at this hour. the situation in egypt as the militant group claims morsi was a western reporter the continuing protests by the supporters of the topple today from president that's in just a few minutes time. also a distraught mother of a diplomatic wrangle in the fight to news for legal aid to a russian programmer snatched by the u.s. from the dominican republic without. knowledge. is ahead in the program. sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you. are.
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news live from moscow it's auti. chief is accused washington of conspiring with the egyptian military to overthrow mohamed morsi. made his first public comments on the situation in egypt since the ousting of the country's to mislead up his supporters continue to stage mass demonstrations across the country another night of on rest so police firing tear gas on one of the marches all the military warned to citizens would be stormed. true has this report from cairo. of course we had this sort of forty hour deadline from the interior ministry who said off the two days they will erect this is a barricade around these two sittings for the ousted leader mohamed morsy in the capital they've said this will mean that people can leave the city and then i enter it's a kind of besieging now in the run up to this we have had to mass protests in support of the deposed leader across the country thirty four marches in total one of them
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which ended up in the media production city which is in six books through the district of the capital resulted in clashes with security people says dietrich take asked the protestors that they have been attempting to set up a new sixteen hundred apparently barricades as well as erecting attempts there which is why the security forces cracked down on mount speaking to protesters today in one of the maintenance here in the capital they tell me that they will think about possibly setting up a new sit ins like this one the media city if these big cities here to another city and easy on cleared by the security forces in the next few days it's very tense here with the heavy deployment of troops and the military and expected clashes on the horizon when the interior ministry takes the plunge and actually does try and evacuate these people because there are a lot of people in the streets as opposed to the ounce to be that they really are tens of thousands of but you know women and children who are in these sit ins and
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you think go in all guns blazing it will be a bloodbath so we have to see how the situation develops overnight and in the coming days. to write the many more stories for you getting uploaded at this hour on the website all those who thought calling clued in are the sort you lympics so we'll bring a reprieve for gay rights activists here in russia and the bell to tell me what more coverage about the myths and the actual fight for how russia is dealing with its equality movement has some had harsh criticism from the west. and over an hour . we've got stunning pictures from global events including the latest. on the west.
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are moments away from the kaiser report but now to the story of an arrest that's left a mother in despair and the foreign ministry. suspected of cyber fraud was shipped to the u.s. from the dominican republic but russian officials as well as the man's family only learned about it one month later. he's accused of being a master internet fraudster alexander punin is currently believed to be in a prison in the us state of georgia extradited there last month from the dominican republic his friends didn't know what happened to him but other than me only after one month we found out he was indeed arrested and held there but that's all we know that even his own mother was left in the dark eager to belgium was there when he was already on his way back to russia we were waiting for him at home but he didn't
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arrive he simply disappeared a king computer programmer from the moscow the twenty four year old was wanted for embezzlement through internet scams used on banks including u.s. ones of at least five million dollars the russian government has lashed out at the u.s. saying he was snatched without the knowledge i was about someone to us that well once again faced with the rest of the russian citizen on the u.s. warrant in a third country we consider this practice which has become a vicious tendency completely unacceptable. referring to a bilateral agreement in one thousand nine hundred nine russia's foreign ministry says the u.s. should have told them about russian nationals they wanted to rest when we asked the u.s. embassy in moscow about the matter they declined to comment none of it helps alexander's mother who remains convinced of her son's innocence when you went to anybody i don't believe his tell so much money i'm not saying that just because i'm his mother i spoke to his friend the one who invited him to the dominican republic and
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he asked if my son even had any money his friend saw me that he had been borrowing from him. and there are more cases like alexander's says the russian government where extraditions have been made without their knowledge in july the russian dimitrios enough was extradited from lithuania after allegedly importing hundreds of thousands of pieces of military equipment from the united states to russia. and in two thousand and eleven a pilot constantinian to shinku was sentenced to twenty years in prison in the us after being found guilty of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine there he was extradited from liberia in may two thousand and ten in each of these cases the russian government thought that they weren't informed in time by u.s. authorities with edward snowden's asylum worsening relations cases like alexander plans will do little to help tom watson r.t.
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moscow. and to afghanistan now to open up the r.t. world update to the eastern city of jalalabad where a bomb went off near the indian consulate killing at least ten including children and several others also reported wounded in the attack and the explosion is thought to be a suicide bombing or the officials have given no confirmation of violence in afghanistan continues unabated and jalalabad has frequently been the target of taliban attacks including a bomb blast at the local airport last year. a black box recording from a spanish train which last week killing seventy nine reveals the driver ignored three warnings to slow down the train was almost three times the limit when it flew off the rails a criminal investigation is underway and the driver is being charged with reckless homicide. to morocco where a number of people including journalists have been injured as police broke up a mass rally against a royal pardon of a spanish paedophile the man who is serving a thirty year sentence for raping and filming children aged between four and
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fifteen but released by the king as part of a group of spaniards through the spanish monarch had requested to be pardoned for the move sparked outrage by activists across the country demanding the decision be revoked and the paedophile brought back to jail. now is e.u. membership bad for business or almost eighty percent of u.k. bosses believe so in a recent poll they voted in favor of holding a nationwide referendum on breaking away from the union and let's get this report now from oxys police boyo. i thought that switzerland was missing out by not being in the european union nope well now its image that the majority of britons also think that they'd be better off alone after the british group think tank found that fifty four percent of u.k. citizens believe that britain would benefit from leaving the european union and joining the european free trade association instead following the examples of
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switzerland and norway which by the way have been thriving while the european union is in economic turmoil at the same time the debate of whether or not britain should stay or leave the e.u. has been getting louder amongst british businesses now to talk about the issue i'm joined by dylan shop from business for britain didn't your organization is urging the government to renegotiate the u.k.'s e.u. membership but what's wrong with the status quo when at the moment british business is subject to huge amounts of regulation and red tape that originates in brussels not only that the great single market which was what we were sold in one nine hundred seventy three when we joined is actually restricting the amount of trade that british businesses can do with the rest of the world the fast growing economies in the middle east in the southeast asia and in south america we hear a lot of businesses complaining about e.u. regulation costing them money how does it cost them money well you've got to go through all different businesses if you go to startups you have to comply with
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a ridiculous number of laws just to be able to employ people just be able to make your workspace compliant going up further. they have to check off a number of products before they even get them into other european countries and when it comes to the big countries there's reams of regulation which actually prevents them importing and exporting into and outside of the european union if they want to keep us as part of the union they have to give us a bit more of what we want because up until now it's been a lot more of what labor and dylan shout from business or britain thank you very much. talking to us so we three hours of full bosses in the u.k. saying that they're for and out referendum in twenty seventeen there's definitely no shortage of opinion on the matter from london. our time to upset the big business people in the banks are in the mix and stacey with the kaiser report just a moment.
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remember we talked about calling for regular folks like you and me that can make you invisible drones well freedom fashions as i like to call them are continuing to expand although the fact that our drones infrared eyes are very scary the more common street cameras are way more likely to want to average day violate your privacy and thus they invented the justice cap this hat blocks your face with l.e.d. lights from face recognition software all the camera will see is an anonymous glowing ghost i personally haven't tested this thing out nor have i seen it with my own eyes and wearing three aaa batteries on your head at all times does seem like a bit of a bother but hey if you really want to be left alone and you're willing to throw down a few dollars this looks like a pretty good fashion statement to me the sad thing is that this sort of invention should exist people shouldn't have to live with the constant fear of unlawful
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consent less observation but sadly they do so inventors keep the freedom fashions coming but that's just my opinion. welcome to the kaiser report max kaiser recently i was asked legs what you cover so phil good financial news every once in a while you ask i deliver houses for positive financial news a man in china a son a six inch long worm removed from his brain now you might ask how is this good
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financial news quite obviously is proof that we can remove the six or analysis six foot long tapeworm investing the vital organs of our global financial system and all the headaches and migraines that our bank failures and quantitative easing would disappear is this correct. indeed max it is actually we'll go over this first headline here it's from china man a six inch worm removed from his brain a man plagued by headaches discovered a six inch long warm had burrowed into his brain is that it was weighing me and he was sixty from chengdu china and doctors removed the worm and here's a photo of it actually and you know to put this into context this is a six inch worm and i want you to take a look at this one now this is sixty five foot long. that goes in the gut and then.